Isle of Man & Northern Ireland: Bunkhouses, camping barns & hostels

Self catering bunkhouses & hostels
isle of man bunkhouses and hostels

The Isle of Man is in the Irish sea halfway between England and Northern Ireland where we currently feature one hostel. The main towns on the island are Douglas and Peel both of which have self-catering hostel accommodation close by. With 40 percent of the island unpopulated, the Isle of Man is the perfect place to have a idyllic rural holiday. With a mountain in the middle and some stunning coast, not to mention a rural tram system the Isle of Man packs a lot into a small space. There are two independent hostels on the island both provide perfect self-catering accommodation for individuals, groups or families.

Isle of Man bunkhouses
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  • Profile picture of Castle Ward Bunkhouse

    Castle Ward Bunkhouse

    In the heart of the National Trust’s Castle Ward Estate in Northern Ireland, this bunkhouse is the perfect base to explore the park and gardens or visit the beautiful shores of Stangford Lough. The bunkhouse sleeps up to 14 in three rooms making it a great choice for groups or family get-togethers. The estate is criss-crossed with footpath and cycle trails and has a number of play areas making this a particularly family friendly location. But the bunkhouse and estate are also great for team building weekends or groups holidaying together.

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  • Profile picture of Knockaloe Beg Farm Bunkhouse

    Knockaloe Beg Farm Bunkhouse

    A working farm nestled under Peel Hill, Isle of Man, Knockaloe Beg offers B&B, cottages, bunkhouse and glamping. The bunkhouse sleeps 8; with beds at one end of the room, dining and seating at the other. The Bothy is a cosy twin bed room. Washing facilities are a short step outside, below the rooms. In the orchard there are two deluxe en suite glamping cabins each sleeping four.

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  • Profile picture of Maughold Venture Centre Bunkhouse

    Maughold Venture Centre Bunkhouse

    Maughold Venture Centre Bunkhouse overlooks farmland with views out to sea. The popular beach of Port e Vullen is just 10 min’s walk away. Enjoy self-catering accommodation, with en suite, centrally heated rooms. Tasty meals are available from the neighbouring Venture Centre, where you can also book kayaking, abseiling, air rifle shooting, archery, gorge walking, dinghy sailing & team events. With its own stop, Lewaigue Halt, on the Manx Electric Railway you have easy access to Douglas, Ramsey, mountains & tranquil glens.

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This map of the Isle of Man shows the locations of bunkhouses, outdoor centres and hostels providing good value self catering accommodation in stunning scenery.

This map of the Isle of Man shows where some of the nicest hostels and bunkhouses are located, these are all independent so they are not youth hostels. These hostels are a great place to stay no matter what your trip. There is a big range of activities available on the Isle of Man: excitement and adventure, archery, abseiling, or peaceful scenic walks. The bunkhouses and hostels are in some of the most scenic parts of the Island.  With accommodation for small and large groups, families, and couples, the independent hostels are cosy and friendly – much like Youth Hostels, except with a more homely atmosphere. Many independent hostels and bunk barns are equipped with self-catering, making them like a home-away-from-home and great holiday accommodation.

Staying on the Island really gives you the opportunity to experience the rural life of living on a small island. These independent hostels are surrounded by magnificent rural views and beautiful wildlife. The Isle of man is a great place to take your children- with farm parks, railways, museums, Heritage, theatres and cinemas, and parks and woodlands- there’s plenty of things to keep your children busy and happy. After a day of fun, the little harbour towns are a great place to relax at a cosy, traditional pub, or enjoy fish and chips as the sun sets. Or if you’re more into the nightlife of things, the Isle of Man is very popular for its nightlife. From concerts to clubs, or just to a drink in the pub, they’ll be something for you.